Typically, when a New Jersey resident enters the hospital, it is with the intent to get well. Most of the time, the individual is either ill and requires medical attention, or the individual is in need to surgery. While a patient in the hospital, the individual has opportunity to come in contact with a variety of opportunities for infection. Fortunately, one recent report indicates that the risk associated with a hospital\-acquired infection as well as other hospital related concerns has decreased over a five year period.
This report indicates that approximately $28 billion has been saved in healthcare costs relating to hospital-related concerns. In addition to infection, patients can also suffer from falls, bed sores, ulcers caused by pressure on limbs and other preventable concerns. Whenever a patient becomes ill, injured or even dies as the result of some hospital-related factor, the costs associated with caring for patients increases.
According to the report, the reduction in hospital-related concerns, and thus cost, is directly correlated to patient quality improvements initiated as the result of governmental, public and private initiatives. By working together, patient risk associated with a hospital stay has declined. A decrease in health-related concerns due to hospitalization decreased by 21% over a five year time period ending in 2015.
While there have been significant advances in reducing patient risk within New Jersey hospitals, there is still room for improvement. When one becomes ill due to a hospital-acquired infection or other preventable concern, the individual faces additional costs, suffering and possible risk to his or her life. In this case, the individual or concerned family may want to discuss the situation with an experienced attorney.
Source: modernhealthcare.com, "Patient safety efforts saved $28 billion over five years", Elizabeth Whitman, Dec. 12, 2016